A SECOND half flurry saw Melville City slump to a 4-1 defeat to Joondalup City at John Connell Reserve at the weekend.
Having gone into the break at a goal apiece, the visitors stepped up another gear in the second half and condemned Melville to its second straight loss.
In a scrappy game devoid of many chances, Joondalup proved to be more clinical in front of goal.
After a tense opening 20 minutes, Liam McGurk broke the deadlock for the away side with a tidy finish inside the box.
Melville kicked into gear just prior to half time and, having seen one header tipped away by Andrew Lay, Logan McIsaac levelled the scores from a corner.
However, McGurk grabbed his second after half time when he was afforded too much space from a corner and his shot on the turn found the net.
Adam Mangion was inches away from a Melville equalizer up the other end, while Mirko Grgurinovic denied McGurk his hat trick from close range.
However, Joondalup finally put the game beyond doubt with ten minutes remaining when substitute Luke Wilson rose highest to nod home a corner.
Daniel Allen put the icing on the cake soon after, when his speculative lob caught Grgurinovic off his line and sailed into the top corner.